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Housebuilding grows at fastest rate since 2003

Tuesday 5 August 2014
Tagged: buying a home, housebuilding, market research, new build, new homes

In July, housebuilding grew at its fastest rate since November 2003, according to findings from the Markit UK Construction PMI report.

The PMI Index, which also analyses civil engineering and commercial housebuilding showed that construction activity has now increased for the last 15...

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Property auction summary, week commencing 4 August

Tuesday 5 August 2014
Tagged: Bristol, Hollis Morgan, London, MS Auctions, Paul Fosh Auctions, property auctions, Wales

This week we unearth some of the best property deals secured over the past few days at property auctions in Wales, Bristol and London.

Wales

Paul Fosh Auctions was aiming to generate in excess of £20,000 from the sale of the title of Lord of Wales last week, but it remains...

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Deposits up by a third since 2007, according to new research

Tuesday 5 August 2014
Tagged: Deposit Protection Scheme, deposits, Landlords, mydeposits, renting a home, research, tenants

The average cost of a deposit has risen by 34% (£304) since the launch of tenancy deposit protection in 2007, according to new research by the deposit protection company mydeposits.

The data shows that the average tenancy deposit is £1197.73 - up £304 (from £893.82...

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Mortgage bulletin for week commencing Monday 4 August

Monday 4 August 2014
Tagged: Halifax, Leeds Building Society, Lloyds Bank, mortgages, Santander, TSB

Mortgage lenders, building societies and banks continue to bring new products to the market. Whether to gain new customers or to offer existing mortgage holders looking for a keen deal at the end of their fixed-rate period, lenders are offering a range of incentives for homebuyers and...

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One-on-one interview: John Elliott of Millwood Designer Homes

Monday 4 August 2014
Tagged: East Sussex, John Elliott, Kent, luxury homes, Millwood Designer Homes, new homes, One-on-One interview, Surrey

In the latest of our ongoing series of interview with senior figures in the new homes industry, Marc Da Silva poses the questions to John Elliott, managing director of Millwood Designer Homes.

Where in the South East of England do you cover? We develop new homes...

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Agent Insight: Clive Robinson of Robinson's Portfolio, Bury St Edmunds

Monday 4 August 2014
Tagged: agent insight, Bury St. Edmunds, buying a home, interview, market conditions, Robinson's Portfolio, selling your home, Suffolk

We continue our series of interview with prominent estate agents from around the UK by speaking to Clive Robinson, owner of Robinson's Portfolio in Bury St Edmunds

Could you please give us a brief introduction to your company and the area in which you operate?
I have...

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Lettings advice: Top tax tips for new landlords

Monday 4 August 2014
Tagged: Landlords, letting, Private rented sector, renting, tenants

In the latest of our tips articles for new landlords, we give an overview of how landlords can get their tax affairs in order. 

As a new landlord, you will be busy making sure the property is up to scratch, finding and vetting tenants, sorting out safety certificates and dealing with...

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A guide to new homes currently available in Ayrshire

Monday 4 August 2014
Tagged: Ayrshire, buying a home, Cala Homes, David Wilson Homes, downsizers, First-time buyers, Persimmon Homes, retirees, Scotland, Stewart Milne Homes

Ayrshire has long been popular with growing families and retired people craving a more tranquil pace of life without sacrificing local amenities. House hunters looking to find a new home in the west coast of Scotland will find a variety of homes on the market in the Ayrshire area, each with...

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Mortgage Blog: Rule change puts mortgages out of reach for older applicants

Friday 1 August 2014
Tagged: buying a home, finance, mortgage blog, mortgage news

As it has become more and more difficult for first time buyers to get onto the property ladder, the average age of house buyers has risen. More and more people are taking out a mortgage at an older age, meaning that they will still be paying back their home loan as they approach retirement age...

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Property auction calendar – dates for August 2014

Friday 1 August 2014
Tagged: property auctions

Property auctions are a great place to find a property bargain - but it's important to know what you're doing! Every week there's a host of these events taking place at venues across the country, offering a huge range of properties for sale.

Here, auction expert Marc Da Silva details the...

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Weekly affordable homes round-up

Friday 1 August 2014
Tagged: affordable homes, buying a home, Devon, Gateshead, Housing Associations, Ipswich, London, Newport, Worcestershire

New affordable homes in Worcestershire

Jephson Housing Association is providing 32 new affordable homes for rent and shared ownership in Catshill village, near Bromsgrove. The properties are a mixture of one- and two-bedroom flats and two- and three-bedroom houses. They will be...

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Agent Insight: Sarah Smith of Abbotts in Cromer

Thursday 31 July 2014
Tagged: Abbots, agent insight, buying a home, Norfolk, property market, selling your home

For our latest Agent Insight column, we speak to Sarah Smith, property consultant at Abbotts in Cromer, Norfolk.

Could you please give us a brief introduction to your company and the area in which you operate?
Abbotts was established in 1850 and covers the...

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Selling tips: Creating an attractive exterior

Thursday 31 July 2014
Tagged: home improvements, selling tips, selling your home

Most buyers form their first impressions of your property at the front gate, so making sure that they like what they see as they walk up the path is essential.

There are plenty of easy and cheap things you can do to quickly improve the image of your home, such as mowing the lawn and de-...

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Number 13 proves lucky for a family seeking a fresh start

Thursday 31 July 2014
Tagged: Abbotswood Park, Bedford, Bellway Homes, case study, Chrysalis Park, Kings Reach, New Cardington, Shortstown

A working single mother and her two children have found the ideal home in Bedford in which to make a fresh start - despite it being number 13.

Thanks to the government-backed Help to Buy scheme, Claudine Tilman-Brew and her daughter Chloe (21) and son Thomas (15) have been able to move...

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One-on-one interview: Toby Ballard of Strongvox

Thursday 31 July 2014
Tagged: Housebuilder, housebuilding, new homes, One-on-One interview, Strongvox

Marc Da Silva continues his series of interviews with prominent figures from the housebuilding industry by speaking to Toby Ballard, managing director of Strongvox.

Where in the West Country is your firm developing new homes?

At the moment we have...

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